Well, I'm sick and tired of this quit or die approach to smoking addiction, more than anything else in the rich wild repertoire of anti-smoking hysteria.
Who the heck are you to tell us to quit or die?
I'm also increasingly fed up with all those strong-will-mantra temples. I know people who quit cold turkey. They didn't need any NRT, didn't turn to any quit smoking website for help, didn't register to any quit smoking forum to make it. They just endured week one, two and three. When it was over, they had no withdrawal symptoms, no problems whatsoever.
Even if they sometimes got possessed by a sudden urge to have a smoke, all it took was to remember what
they had been through in the first three weeks (especially in the first three
days) and this memory was enough to prevent them from lighting up.
Well, it wasn't enough for me. I had my first three weeks of non-smoking at least ten times. I had been trying to quit for 25 freaking years, I had tried everything I could (not Chantix, thanks heavens!) and experiencing only short-term success with tobacco gums and long term effects of not being able to focus on my tasks when abstaining. Plus a period of a certain mood, dangerously resembling depression.
Not to mention how much these relapses made me feel bad about me having a weak character. When in fact the science is still in the dark about why some people quit easily and why some cannot.
My abstinence periods were numerous, lasting from a week
to 20 months. And I am absolutely positive, beyond any doubt, that in my case failing to quit has nothing to do with will power and everything to do with chemical terra incognita.
And there's been nothing better than electronic cigarette for me and for many others. They haven't come up with anything more effective, but they would be more than glad to take e-cig away from us. So far they have been successful at keeping large numbers of smokers away from electronic cigarettes. Either with sleezy propaganda or with bans we are facing from Facebook to Google.
Now since I started vaping, I can report to have experienced better breathing,
better overall health, no tobacco odor, no ash around, no weight gain and no
trouble focusing. And I haven't
experienced anything even remotely resembling "depression,
or changes in behavior, thinking, or mood that are not typical for me, suicidal
thoughts or actions, anxiety, panic, aggression, anger, mania, abnormal
sensations, hallucinations, paranoia, or confusion".
I deliberately left hostility out. Actually my sick and tired and more sick and tired rants are a bit hostile towards conformist stupidity and spineless bans. I can't help it.
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